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Marlins put up 11-spot in fifth inning against Brewers

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The 21-36, last-place Marlins had themselves quite a fifth inning against the 34-26, first-place Brewers on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. The Marlins banged out 11 runs on six singles, two walks, three doubles, and one error by the Brewers.

Already up 4-0 when the inning began, the Marlins would build their lead to 15-0. Here’s how things unfolded:

  • Garrett Cooper single to center field
  • Brian Anderson walk
  • Starlin Castro strike out
  • Harold Ramírez RBI double to right field [5-0]
  • J.T. Riddle intentional walk
  • Jorge Alfaro two-run single to right field [7-0]
  • Miguel Rojas RBI single to right field [8-0]
  • Pablo López RBI double to left field [9-0]
  • Curtis Granderson RBI single to left field [10-0]
  • [Taylor Williams relieves Chase Anderson]
  • Cooper RBI single to right-center [11-0]
  • Anderson reaches on run-scoring fielding error by Travis Shaw [12-0]
  • Castro RBI double to left field [13-0]
  • Ramírez RBI ground out [14-0]
  • Riddle RBI single to right-center [15-0]
  • Alfaro strike out

The last time a team scored 11 or more runs in an inning was on August 29, 2018 when the Red Sox accomplished the feat against the Marlins in the seventh inning. The Marlins’ current total of 15 runs is their most in a game since they plated 22 against the Rangers on July 26, 2017.

Report: Some MLB teams using outside labs for COVID-19 testing

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Zach Buchanan report that the Diamondbacks are one of several teams that have used labs other than the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Utah to process COVID-19 testing. MLB has encountered delays with its testing, despite promising 24-hour turnaround time, so teams have tried other avenues — with the league’s endorsement — in order to get faster results.

The SMRTL had processed performance-enhancing drug screenings for MLB. The league converted it to process COVID-19 tests amid concerns that having a season and all of the testing that would be required throughout would take away testing resources from the general public. That some teams are utilizing labs other than the SMRTL suggests the league, indeed, is usurping those resources.

In prospect Seth Beer’s case, he tested positive for COVID-19. He needed to test negative twice consecutively to be cleared to return to play. Beer went to a third-party site in the Phoenix area. He received his second negative test and was cleared to return on July 9.

The Diamondbacks said that the labs they have used have assured them that they are not taking away tests from the public. That seems like a claim MLB and the D-Backs should demonstrably prove. Per Rosenthal and Buchahan, the D-Backs have gone to an outside lab about 20 times, which accounts for less than one percent of COVID-19 tests taken by players and staff. Still, those are 20 tests that could have been used by the general public. And if the D-Backs and a handful of other teams already are using outside labs, then the rest of the league likely already is or soon will be doing the same. In the end, there will be a lot more than 20 tests taken at outside labs by MLB players and staff. Considering that “Tier 1” players will be tested every other day throughout the season, the total of third-party tests taken — if things continue the way they are now — could easily reach into the thousands by the end of October.

We all want baseball back, but the players, coaches, and all other staff are no more important than cashiers, teachers, and delivery drivers, so they shouldn’t have more access to COVID-19 testing simply by virtue of being associated with Major League Baseball and all of its influence and financial muscle. It would be unethical for MLB to be cutting in line ahead of other people who need testing just as much as if not more than the players.